March 2, 2014

Freedom Radio Fires 3 Workers

Fresh confusion has erupted at the Kabale-based Freedom Radio as three workers are fired.

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The workers are protesting what they call the move by the radio station’s management to sack them from the station without prior notice after they allegedly asked him to remit their National social Security Fund contributions.

The workers claim that the radio station director Justus Bagamuhunda fired them after they demanded for their appointment letters and other entitlements.

Those fired are sports program presenter Julius Adams Nsereko, receptionists Felix Ahereza and Phionah Tuhimbise.

Bagamuhunda reportedly told the workers on Friday evening that they were no longer employees of the radio station without giving reasons.

Sources within the station told our reporter that the station is cash stripped and not generating income which prompted the stations management to move in and reduce the staff.

The workers say that they are considering court action against the radio station.

The incident comes barely one month after workers at the same station laid down tools protesting the failure by the management to pay their salaries for three months.

The workers who include News Editor Allan Twongyeirwe and presenters Medard Amutuheire, Eunice Namanya,  Ngasigwe Charlotte, Ivan Niwagaba and Dian Apaire, refused to resume work and have since left the station.

The workers later on referred their matters to the district labour office and the district security office. The two intervened and ordered the station management to pay the workers.

Sikoler Tumwesigire, the Kabale District Labour Officer, says that her office has been pushing the radio station management to ensure that the workers receive their entitlements.

Bagamuhunda declined to comment on the matter saying that he knows how to run his radio station.

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